Art Activity Special Topic

Thursday, May 31st

Activity: Make a Mandala
Theme: Positive thoughts and memories

What is a Mandala?

Mandala means “magic circle” in Sanskrit.

“In Tibetan Buddhism, a mandala is an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. Each object in the palace has significance, representing some aspect of wisdom or reminding the meditator of some guiding principle.”http://www.graphics.cornell.edu/online/mandala/

Even if you don’t meditate you can still create a Mandela. It can be a thoughtful picture of personally meaningful symbols that you can use to fill your mind with positive thoughts, hopes, and memories.


Here are some examples

Mandala’s can have spiritual significance:

Buddhist Mandala

Hindu Mandala

Christian Mandala

Native American

Mandalas can also be created with modern designs, simple themes, and even collage!

Group Mandala

Animal/Nature Mandala

Collage Mandala

Angel Mandala

What is this Art Activity About?
Support groups are a wonderful place to talk, but talking is not the only way to communicate. Doing something creative, like drawing or writing, is another way we can share our thoughts and experiences.

What will take place at the activity?
We will spend about 20 – 30 minutes creating a small piece of art based on a theme. Then everyone will each get a few minutes to talk about what they created.

Do I have to be an artist?    No!
This is not an art class, you won’t be graded! You do not need to know how to draw or paint. We will be using simple materials, like computer paper and colored pencils.

Want to participate?
Send an email to ltrayers@gmail.com

Additional information:

  • This group is limited to 8 participants
  • Some supplies will be provided. You are encouraged to bring additional supplies.


These materials will be provided
(For all to share):

  • Plain white paper
  • Colored Markers
  • Sharpie Markers
  • Pastels
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • A pair of scissors
  • Compass
  • A few sheets of decorative paper
  • A few sheets of Decorative Stickers


You might also want to bring:
(These are optional. If you think of something that is not on this list, feel free to bring it along.)

  • Your own pencils, markers , crayons
  • Paper/Decorative papers
  • Pictures of people or places that inspire you (personal photos, magazine cut outs, etc.)
  • Stickers
  • Scraps of ribbon or fabric
  • Poems, saying, and quotes that inspire you.


Do not bring paint or other water/oil based materials, keep it simple